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Quantitative analysis used in honey bee study

Sep 19 2011

Scientists have used a quantitative analysis process to try and identify a molecular mechanism which has remained elusive.

According to a report published in BMC Genomics, by scientists at the University of British Columbia, the bacterium Paenibacillus larvae is the causative agent of the honey bee disease American foulbrood.

This disease can lead to the death of the entire hive as it is fairly contagious and the social nature of bees ensures both individuals and colonies mingle, providing the ideal environment for the disease to spread.

Using quantitative analysis and mass spectrometry processes, the team identified the molecular mechanism of the infection, in order to create a more effective method to control and treat the disease.

"This update on the genome of P.larvae and annotation represents an immense advancement from what we had previously known about this species," the report stated.
Consequently, the scientists have shed more light on how the infection comes about and can work towards creating a cure for the widespread honey bee disease.

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